Get Answers to Your Questions
We've provided some common questions people have about assisted living. You'll be able to find out what type of assistance is included, whether Medicare covers it, and if your loved one can bring pets to an assisted living facility. Get the answers you need below:
What is an assisted living community?
An assisted living community is a safe and secure environment where seniors can go to live a relatively independent lifestyle but also receive support with certain daily activities. These activities may include bathing, dressing, medication administration, mobility and more. Our skilled staff members are on hand to help you perform these tasks safely while still respecting your independence.
Our assisted living communities also provide excellent accommodations for seniors, as well as an active and social environment where seniors can meet other people in the same stage of life.
How is assisted living different from a nursing home?
Assisted living does not provide advanced, round-the-clock medical care, such as treatment for specific conditions like advanced Alzheimer’s. Skilled nursing homes, on the other hand, are designed to house and assist individuals who have health conditions that require constant monitoring and round-the-clock availability of medical personnel.
You may not know which level of care you or your loved one needs. That’s not a problem. Our assisted living communities can do an assessment to determine the level of care needed for your situation.
When is it time to move to assisted living?
It can be difficult to decide on the right time to make the move, and the right time varies for each person. Generally, assisted living is ideal for those who need some help in their daily lives, but don’t require advanced medical care.
If you or your loved one finds it challenging to perform daily living tasks, has mobility issues, needs access to medical care, or wants to live in a place that offers social activities with other like-minded seniors, it might be time to try assisted living. At each of our communities, skilled staff members can help make the transition easier.
What is the cost of assisted living? Does Medicare pay for it?
Costs vary widely depending on what region you live in, as well as your care situation. At Brookdale, a senior only has to pay for the care services that he or she needs, which can help decrease costs.
Medicare and other federal programs typically do not pay for assisted living. Most likely you will use personal funds, assets or long-term care insurance to put towards payment. Learn more in Financial Considerations.
What can a new resident bring with them when they move in?
While different assisted living communities have different guidelines, our residents are welcome to bring personal belongings and furnishings to make their new space feel more like home. We encourage our residents to feel comfortable and at ease in their accommodations, which includes personalizing the space.
How big are the rooms? Can couples live together?
Our assisted living communities offer a variety of room sizes and styles to fit your particular needs. The styles vary between communities, but floor plan options include studio apartments and one, two or three bedroom apartments. All apartments have private bathrooms, and some even have kitchenettes. Couples usually can live together, but it is best to check with the community first.
Do residents need their own car?
It's definitely not required. We provide scheduled transportation services so seniors can attend appointments, run errands, etc. without getting behind the wheel. But if a senior is still able to drive, many of our communities allow residents to have cars.
Are pets allowed?
Most places do allow small pets! It’s best to check with each individual community, but there’s a good chance a pet-friendly community is in your area.
Can a senior be denied?
Our top priority is a senior’s health. If a senior is denied it’s because we believe a senior needs more care than an assisted living community can provide. However, we try to welcome as many individuals as we can.
What if a resident doesn’t remember to take their medications?
No problem! We have skilled staff members who can assist seniors in taking medication. If you are in need of this service, just let the nursing staff at the community know and they can gladly accommodate this need.
How do I know whether residents are well taken care of?
When you are selecting an assisted living community, settle on a place that’s established and with a good reputation. Many of our communities have received “Best of the Best” awards for their excellent service. And if you go with a Brookdale community, you can feel assured that it meets our high level of standard.
Once a senior joins a community, make sure family and/or friends regularly visit and check on the senior. Also, develop relationships with the staff, if possible, and maintain consistent communication with them. That makes it easier to keep tabs on the care that a resident is receiving. And, monitor your loved one’s behavior and ask specific questions about the amount of attention they receive from caretakers.
Speak directly to one of our team members
If you have any questions about assisted living, give us a call today. You can also schedule a tour at a community to see, in-person, what assisted living is like.